2016 has been a great year for the club and in this article we shall take a look in particular members that took part in an Ironman or Long distance triathlon.
For the following members, this has been a year of planning. That's right, the races often ask athletes to commit a year in advance due to the popularity. But this advance scheduling is critical to a successful Ironman, because for most competitors, training is a 12 month physical and mental challenge.
Regardless of what specific training plans these chaps followed, they trained really long for 3 different sports, any way you slice it, that takes a hell of a lot of time. Some days they trained multiple sports and towards the end of their training plans, they were putting up to 20 hours a week of training in, whilst continuing their normal day lives. The social time would have become non-existent due to training or too exhausted, so training became their lifestyle.
But with all that commitment and training comes a massive reward and that is crossing that line knowing that you achieved something amazing that perhaps you doubted yourself doing a year ago.
If you considering a Ironman/long distance triathlon for 2017 for the first time, the club has a wealth of knowledge and support. There is no such thing as a silly question so just ask!
Well done to the following members:
Desmond Green (left) and Lee Francis (right) raced the infamous Lanzarote Ironman.
Ed Stevens at Ironman Nice.
Stephanie Knott (second left) takes on Ironman Bolton and places 2nd in her age category.
Claire Graham raced The Outlaw. The smile says it all!
Stu Brazington, Sarah Hart, Rich Darby and Claire Gregory racing Ironman Copenhagen. Looking nice and relaxed.
Matt Langdon racing The Outlaw and smashing the club record.
Kev Owen smashing Ironman Wales.
Stu Brazington getting some well deserved rest after Ironman Copenhagen.
Tom Elliott running the marathon on Ironman Copenhagen.